The week started like the first two weeks but ended with new events and new firsts for our school:
The electricity went off at approximately 4:15 am on Monday, September 22. This was nothing unusual as it usually goes off at least once per day. It was still off at 2:15pm; the unusual thing was that the power was on at the neighbour’s house. Our search for a possible cause in the building came up empty. About 4:45 pm, the landlord pointed to the problem—a section of the electrical cable running along the street from the electrical pole to the school building was missing. A thief came by early Monday morning, cut and stole the electrical cable—70 feet worth!!!!
We had it replaced the next day. This time we ran the wire much higher on the electrical pole.
On Thursday, September 25, The New Horizon School had a special treat as we were linked by Skype to the 6th grade class of Riverwood Academy, Wing’s Point, in Newfoundland. This class is studying Intensive Core French, and three students took the opportunity to give a small presentation on themselves.
The students in both schools were excited about the international event.
The hammers are silent as the last nail has been driven in our revitalization projects. Thanks to our volunteers the new desks are in place with new posters on the walls and a fresh coat of paint on the school. The groceries have been purchased and the teachers are all ready for the new school year.
Sunday, September 7, was our final day of preparation; all hands were on deck as we go over our checklist to ensure that nothing major was overlooked. Everything seems to be in order except for the uniforms! The uniforms would be a week late. Needless to say, the teachers, parents and students were disappointed that they would not be ready in time.
With the new school year format, changing from half-day school to full-day, we were not sure what to expect even though 52 students had registered. Thirteen-year-old Manoucheca Roger was the first student to enter the school on Monday, September 8, at 7:30am, followed by another 29 students.
Two Weeks Later…
We have survived the first two weeks, which came with the expected growing pains. We have approximately 51 students now, and while it’s not business as usual, everyone is settling into their daily routine.